Do I Really Need to Detox?

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on February 09 2016

No matter how well you eat or how healthy your lifestyle, there comes a time when detoxifying your body can be extremely beneficial. We are all exposed to contaminants in the air we breathe, the foods we eat and in various things within our homes. Our bodies even produce by-products such as lactic acid, that can build up over time and create various health issues.

Liver Detox

The liver acts as a filter for the blood, removing contaminants from foods as well as well as breaking down medications and eliminating by-products the body produces through normal metabolic functions. Many chemicals, additives and preservatives, especially those used in synthetic medications and supplements are extremely hard for the liver to break down and dispose of. When they begin to accumulate, it causes the liver to become sluggish, taking longer and longer for it to do its job sufficiently. A liver detox program helps flush the liver of these unwanted culprits and helps to restore proper function. This can improve energy levels and actually help the digestive system to work more efficiently as well as improve weight loss.

Detoxification and Weight Loss

If you are planning on starting a weight loss program, you should do so with a clean slate. Detoxifying before you start can get your body ready for the major changes that lie ahead. A good detoxification program will clean out the intestines and tune up the digestive tract allowing it to function more efficiently, while helping you to get the most out of the foods you eat.

Increasing your fiber content is a good way to help guide your body through the detoxification process. When combined with the right amount of fluids, fiber acts as a sweeper in the intestines, cleaning away all of the sludge and sentiments that can accumulate over time. Fiber also attaches itself to fats within the digestive tract and carries them away before they have a chance to build up in other areas of the body.

Drink Lots of Fluids

Fluids play an important role when it comes to cleaning and ridding the body of unwanted contaminants. While water is the primary fluid used to help detoxify the body, there are several juices that are beneficial as well. Lemon juice, cherry juice, pomegranate juice and grape juice all contain properties that make them beneficial during a detox program. Adding a slice of lemon to a large glass of water improves liver function, boosts energy levels and gives a much need kick to the immune system because of its high levels of Vitamin C. Pomegranate, cherry and grape are full of antioxidants and can help neutralize free radicals and rid them from the body. Although sometimes we prefer to use other holistic products that do not contain sugar to obtain the best weight loss results!

Mint flavored chlorophyll can be added to water to improve liver function and support the digestive system, helping both to eliminate toxins and contaminants from the body. Never take fluids for granted when it comes to losing weight and detoxifying the body. Not only do they offer a powerful flushing effect, they also provide an abundance of nutrients without an excessive amount of calories.

Knowing When You Need to Detoxify

Many people don't know when they need to detoxify. There are times when it takes a bout of illness to make them realize they have a lot of excess baggage to get rid of. The key is to start to detox before you start to get sick. When you begin to feel run down or fatigued, start a juice detox program. It will give you extra energy, your body will eliminate much of the excess that has accumulated in the intestines and you will begin to feel more like your old self in just a few days. It will also increase your immune system's ability to fight off unwanted germs and viruses.

Another good time to detox is before you start on a weight loss journey. Getting rid of all of the bad stuff allows the good stuff to do a better job. Nutrients are absorbed easier and your body doesn't have to work so hard to maintain balance. This allows the body to help eliminate fat cells as you begin to eat healthier foods. Detoxification gives the body a fighting chance when it comes to shedding all of the excess pounds.

Feel better NOW. Start a detox program now and see how much better you feel after just a few days. Your mood will improve and making healthier choices will be easier. Once you take the first few steps and begin to see the results, you will realize any time is a good time to detox.


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